Mary Ladd

Mary Ladd is a freelance writer and event professional based in her hometown of San Francisco. Her writing has been featured in SF Weekly, Tasting Table, the San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere. She has shuttled Anthony Bourdain around town and mastered the art of properly loading a catering van in a flash. Mary has eaten the world’s hottest burger and loves to cook and eat. Follow her at @mladdfood

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Chef Dennis Leary: One New Farm, Two New Restaurants

Chef Dennis Leary: One New Farm, Two New Restaurants

| March 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Chef Dennis Leary explains his culinary style and is opening two new spots: a bar and a restaurant in San Francisco. The chef is also working with a Capay Valley farm, and will use produce from Gauchito Hill Farm at his sandwich shops and restaurants this summer.

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Rancho Gordo’s Ferry Building Store is Coming Soon: Q&A with Steve Sando

Rancho Gordo’s Ferry Building Store is Coming Soon: Q&A with Steve Sando

| March 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Bay Area native Steve Sando will soon open a shop in the Ferry Building for Rancho Gordo, his “New World” heirloom bean company.

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No Bandwiches Here: Charles Phan opens South Restaurant at SFJAZZ

No Bandwiches Here: Charles Phan opens South Restaurant at SFJAZZ

| March 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

This week marks the launch of Chef Charles Phan’s South restaurant in the new SFJAZZ Center. Explore what South means to the Bay Area and jazz, with commentary from Chef Charles Phan, musician Kitty Margolis and SFJAZZ trustee Robert Mailer Anderson.

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Chef Preeti Mistry + Juhu Beach Club in Oakland’s Temescal

Chef Preeti Mistry + Juhu Beach Club in Oakland’s Temescal

| February 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Chef Preeti Mistry is gearing up to open her Indian street food-inspired, previously a pop-up, Juhu Beach Club in Temescal, Oakland on March 1.

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Botanical Sodas, Love Potions at The Fizzary

Botanical Sodas, Love Potions at The Fizzary

| February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

A visit to The Fizzary Soda Menagerie, where Aaron Dolson and Taylor Peck sell soda, beverages, tonics and old-fashioned style candies in the Mission District. The duo also operate Taylor’s Tonics beverage company. They shared their thoughts on the soda and beverage scene and sugar legislation.

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A Chef Love Story: Gitane’s Bridget Batson and Patrick Kelly

A Chef Love Story: Gitane’s Bridget Batson and Patrick Kelly

| February 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mary Ladd interviews Gitane restaurant chefs Bridget Batson and Patrick Kelly, who are married and share a Valentine’s tradition of making and eating uni pasta. The two talk about what it is like to live and work together.

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The Bay Lights: Restaurants with a View and Interview with Artist Leo Villareal

The Bay Lights: Restaurants with a View and Interview with Artist Leo Villareal

| February 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mary Ladd investigates the Bay Lights art installation on the Bay Bridge by artist Leo Villareal, who is a longtime participant of Burning Man. The lighting celebration is on March 5 — see which restaurants will have great views.

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Chuck Siegel: The Return of Charles Chocolates to San Francisco

Chuck Siegel: The Return of Charles Chocolates to San Francisco

| January 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mary Ladd interviews Chuck Siegel, who used Kickstarter to revive his company, Charles Chocolates. Siegel is gearing up to open a 7,600-square foot chocolate kitchen and retail space in the Mission.

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Martin Yan: M.Y. China, Vietnam Travels and Chinese New Year

Martin Yan: M.Y. China, Vietnam Travels and Chinese New Year

| January 27, 2013 | 1 Comment

Mary Ladd interviews Bay Area resident and Master Chef Martin Yan, who has opened a new Chinese restaurant in San Francisco. Yan dishes about his new TV show, the Year of the Snake, and where he likes to eat locally.

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Bean to Bar to Glass: Dandelion Chocolate Opens a Café in the Mission

Bean to Bar to Glass: Dandelion Chocolate Opens a Café in the Mission

| January 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mary Ladd visits Dandelion Chocolate’s new cafe, where a team of passionate chocolate makers use beans that are sourced directly from quality small farms to make chocolate bars, smoothies, tea and iced chocolate drinks.

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Q&A with Shelley Lindgren: Wine Director, Restaurateur & Author

Q&A with Shelley Lindgren: Wine Director, Restaurateur & Author

| January 15, 2013 | 1 Comment

Mary Ladd interviews Shelley Lindgren, who is a Bay Area success story: owner of the vastly popular A16 and SPQR restaurants, sommelier, wine director and cookbook author.

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Interview with Nopa’s Jeff Hanak

Interview with Nopa’s Jeff Hanak

| January 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Nopa Restaurant is a San Francisco success story: farm to table food, late night hours and stellar service. Mary Ladd interviews partner-owner Jeff Hanak, who shares his holiday traditions and Bay Area food favorites.

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Q&A with Michael Recchiuti about Chocolate Lab and the Holidays

Q&A with Michael Recchiuti about Chocolate Lab and the Holidays

| December 14, 2012 | 1 Comment

Mary Ladd profiles Michael Recchiuti, who shares what it’s like to work in his new Chocolate Lab dessert cafe in the Dogpatch neighborhood. Recchiuti talks about his favorite menu items and holiday foods and gift sweets.

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Everything You Need to Know About Bruce Aidells

Everything You Need to Know About Bruce Aidells

| December 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Mary Ladd interviews Bruce Aidells, who remains a leading authority on meat and meat cookery. Aidells describes his work on his latest comprehensive cookbook, and where he likes to go eat in the Bay Area with his chef wife Nancy Oakes.

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